The Skincare Line up: March 18th, 2022

It is time once again to line up all of the skin care products currently in motion and take a look at how they are performing. Are there any problem children? Are their any gold star teacher’s pets? Let’s find out shall we?

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co’s The Pill

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Okay this week I finally got back to splitting out the day time from the night time as there were enough differences to matter. I did finish up my toner last week and I forgot completely to roll in a new one this week. I am thinking of rolling in the Somme Institute exfoliating pads to fill the gap but i want to see just how exfoliating they are before I commite to daily use. I will probably still roll in a toner and just use them either in the day or night.

To be honest the morning routine worked really well for me. The time Revolution cleanser from Missha is just fantastic. The scent is light and fresh and herbal and a fabulous first thing in the morning wake up kind of scent. It also takes off any makeup residue left from the makeup remover in the evening. This is a cleanser I will most certainly pick up again.

The 111skin essence is also nice. While it is a clean scent it is more of a high end spa clean than a fresh scent. It works oddly well with the Missha cleanser. It makes my morning routine feel like a high end spa that focuses on natural ingredients.

And then comes the serum. It has a different scent all together. I actually can’t identify the scent. It is a scent that tickles your nose and then before you can figure out what it is, the scent is gone. It is slightly astringent and almost fruity. I’m going to have to spend some time with the ingredients list to figure it out. But as I said the scent is mild and gone almost as soon as the serum hits the air. I haven’t been using the Nue Co serum long enough to show any results, but I do like the way it absorbs. It is slightly sticky , but as i put my moisturizer over it, that isn’t much of a concern. I also am loving the shape of the bottle. It is the tall thin pump in the pictures, if you are wondering. The pump is nice, wide and flat so easy to work with even if your hands are damp and the tall thin bottle is easy to grip. I know packaging isn’t the main concern, but someone really thought about this bottle. And I for one appreciate it. Hopefully as my product use continues i will find the product as useful.

the Embryolisse Lait-Concentre is a fantastic moisturizer. The scent is lightly aloe mixed with shea butters and my skin feels soft and hydrated. It is a very straight forward no nonsense moisturizer and honestly i am enjoying it a lot. My one concern is that while it is fabulous for me at the moment, as the weather warms this may be a bit too hydrating for me. It is something I will have to monitor. It is the most moisturizing of the three moisturizers from the Lait Creme line and if we do end up with a weather vs. hydration issue I will simply bring in one of the others as a day cream and continue to use this at night. It is the type of cream I can use as a night cream all year round so that isn’t a concern, it is just the day time use I will have to monitor.

And finally we come to the MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth Eye cream. It is a lightly floral scented cream, the florals fading away almost a soon as you apply it. It is a thicker eye cream which had me worried at first as I feared clogged pores. My under eye area is quite susceptible to them. But this far it has not been a problem. This eye cream absorbs well and I am seeing improvement in my fine lines. Thus far I am really a big fan. This is the first time I have tried anythign from the brand and thus far it has made a very good impression.

The Nighttime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co Topical C

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

As the products used in the day time worked just as well at night i won’t bore you with a repetition. There is only one new item in the evening so we’ll leave it for last. The Laneige has been in the line up the longest and will be here for a while to come. I’ve made a dent in the product but there is still a lot left and I have no problems continuing with it’s use. I put on a thick layer before bed and it has absorbed in the night leaving my lips soft and fabulous. I have had very little issue with chapped lips this winter.

The Byroe Fig Renewal oil I have been putting around the fine lines of my lips. It appears to be helping. The change isn’t dramatic, but I think the little extra boost of hydration from the oil is really a benefit. This is the first time I’ve used a facial oil specifically for the fine lines around my mouth and I like it. I just don’t have anything to really compare the Byroe to at this time. It is a dry oil and so it absorbs easily without leaving a greasy residue. I am halfway through this bottle of oil and I am thinking about swapping it out with one of my other oil samples just so I can do more of a comparison. I think it might help me get a better feel for comparing the Byroe to another oil if i try another oil. Sometimes there is great danger in going first. I will say I love the scent. it has the scent of figs which I really enjoy.

I am not so much enjoying the scent of the Vike Makeup melt. It works well and I love the way it sprays on and, well, melts makeup. But when I spray it I have to hold my breath and then step out of the bathroom to take a deep breath. It smells like vaporized mothballs or like something my grandmother would have in the back of the medicine cabinet as a topical cure all. it works well, but I am thinking of opening up a cleansing balm just to give myself a break from the scent. then I will reach for this when I need something fast. It won’t go to waste, i will definitely use it. It’s a great product. I just need a break from the scent.

And finally we come to the Nue product in the line up. I chose this one because I am using The Pill in my day time line up and I thought, huh, don’t I have something else from The Nue Co? Turns out I have several items actually. So I figured I would add this to the line up. The topical c is a powdered vitamin c supplement that you mix in with your moisturizer. And this Embryolisse may be the perfect moisturizer to do this with. It is thick enough that it just pulls the powder in with no problem and quite honestly i am loving the combo. It hasn’t been long enough to see any results, but those two work really well together and as the moisturizer takes its time absorbing I really think I am getting all the benefits. We’ll see how it goes but thus far, these two are fantastic friends and my skin is loving it.

This was a great skincare week for me. Things were a bit rocky a while back and I had to cut down and build up my routines again, but i think now everything is well in hand. There will be a few minor tweaks next week but for the most part it is full steam ahead and steady as she goes as far as my skincare is concerned.

Lait-Crème Concentré

The Skincare Line Up: March 11th, 2022

It is time now for my favorite post of the week…SKINCARE! I know, I get obnoxious with it, but I just love talking about skincare. And I try to confine as much of it as I can so that i don’t drive the people around me bonkers. Admittedly my babydoll calls my love of skincare a latent mad scientist gene, but there are worse things I suppose. Growing up though the only makeup or skin care he ever saw was at his grandmother’s. His mother’s space was strictly off limits to him and his brothers. So he refers to al skin care products as Cold Cream. But that is another story.

I planned to start seperating my skin care into day time and night time use but that didn’t quite happen. I had a little left of my Grace and Stella serum so I shifted it to night time use and brought in a serum sample to use in the day time figuring I would allow my skin to get used to the new serum in the day before rolling in a new one at night. There wasn’t all that much serum in the sample so it ran out pretty much the same fay the Grace and Stella ran out and so I picked out the Nue Co’s The Pill All in One serum to replace it. I’ll get into details below, but that is why there are three serums listed and why I went with One list instead of breaking it down for the day and night this week. So….

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Toner: Buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater toner

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Codex Antu Brightening serum and The Nue Co’s The Pill

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

Okay starting with the cleanser, it is fabulous. My plan last week was to try out the masking function of this cleanser, but thee were technical difficulties (with the site not the cleanser). I will be trying it out this afternoon to see how it performs as a mask. As a cleanser though it is top rate.I am really enjoying it. I think my skin just really reacts well to Artemisia (mugwort) which I found out using the essence this summer but it turns out it works well for me as a cleanser. the weather yo-yoed this week and I was stuffy, The cleanser actually soothed my skin and my eyes were not as puffy as usual. (I also extended my cleansing time so I might technically have partially used it as a mask in my cleansing routine because letting the cleanser sit on my skin really helped with the allergy depuff., But I will officially try it as a mask later today.

The Vike is good as a makeup remover. I just need to hold my breath when I spray so I don’t inhale, don’t lick my lips until after I’ve washed my face and remember not to overdo the spray. And the longer it sits on the skin the more it does take off. I think I still prefer cleansing balms, but for a quick and easy application this is a good product.

The buttah toner is almost completely empty. I will use what is left either tonight or tomorrow morning and the container will be empty. It is a nice product, but it isn’t noticeably fabulous. I would use it again if it happened to show up at my house via subscription box, but i wouldn’t go out and purchase it on my own. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, it simply isn’t a stand out.

The MZ sooth and Smooth is stating to show some improvement in my fine lines. It is still early days yet. It has been less than a month which is generally the minimum a product takes to show effectiveness. It is a god sized jar for an eye cream so it will last more than a month, which is god because it is a rather expensive eye cream. I’d hate for something that pricy to show no results and run out in a month. But I think I am starting to see results and it will last longer than a month so we are at so far so good.

I like putting the Byroe oil on the fine lines around my mouth. I think it is helping the fine lines, but I know it is also helping with some of the chapping around my mouth as well. i know it is sily, but I tend to remember to put on lip masks, but i tend to apply them Like I apply lipstick and follow the contuurs of my lips. So my lips will get some hydrating love but the edges of my lips will still get dry and sore. I know I should just apply my lip mask in a wider area but when I do, I ten find myself wiping off the excess with my finger. So the oil helps. So does the Laneige, which I love.

The serums are actually a quick run down despite there being three of them. The Grace and Stella finished out and I miss it already. It is a great fast absorbing Hyaluronic Acid based serum and my skin loved it. It is on the to buy list for certain. The Codex serum seemed nice but there really wasn’t enough product in the container for me to say anything other than, this didn’t irritate my skin and the scent was vaguely lemony in a non industrial cleaner kind of way. It was actually a nice light fresh lemon scent. I didn’t really get much of a feel for the product but I wouldn’t mind trying it out in a larger size at some point.

As for the Nue. It is a light weight cream that has no real scent to it. I like the dark bottle and the pump. It takes a minute to absorb into the skin, and it is slightly sticky to the touch. beyond that I haven’t used it enough yet to really determine how I feel about it.

And then we come to the moisturizer. This Lait-Creme Concentre was sent to me by the brand for the purpose of review. I posted a first use post on Monday and I will use this for the next thirty days. Embryolisse sent two other moisturizers from the line so I will be testing them out and comparing them to this once i am finished. The link in this paragraph will take you to my first use post. Thus far I am liking the moisturizer. I think this is the most moisturizing of the line, which is why I am using it now when my skin is still winter dry. I have found I need about half of the product in the morning that I do at night. I suspect that when the weather warms up, this might end up being more of a night cream than a day one for my skin type. However right now that level of moisture is perfect for me.

This is the type of cream that needs to warm up before it absorbs. I put it in my hand, rub my hands together and then put it on my face. With that I avoid the temporary white cast and it absorbs faster. What i have found is that it does need a minute to settle in. when I first applied it, my skin looked a little shiny and greasy. Then I went, put on the coffee pot and walked back to my bathroom and the shiny/greasiness had gone and my skin absorbed the moisturizer. the same thing happened at night, minus the coffee. It just takes a minute to settle in and all is well. I am also finding that I like the scent more as I use it. This is a face cream scented face cream. The scent is very nostalgic for me as my mom and grandmother both used this moisturizer when I was little. So the scent is, for me, the scent of face cream. I kinda dig it actually.

And with that we set off into another week of skincare. As the Nue Co settles in I’ll see about splitting the night from the day, once I decide if the Nue Co is a day or night time product. If it is then I have a couple of vitamin c serums I might use for the night time. They tend to make me a little sun sensitive so i like using them at night. of course at the moment it is storming enough to make me think Ark building might be something I should look into so the sun is less of a worry than usual. Still, it never hurts to be careful.

And that is the weekly line up. I’ll be back this afternoon with my Friday Face mask. Until then, I hope you have a fabulous Friday.

Lait-Crème Concentré

The Skincare Line Up: February 25th, 2022

Okay deep breath in, deep breath out. Last week’s skincare line up was an exercise in panic. The moisturizer went down and it took everything down with it. While I rotated several new products in the one I focused on was the one causing problems. You’ve heard the phrase the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Well in this case the squeaky wheel caused the grease. But my skin has calmed down and resumed it’s normal every day moisturized level. Still while there was less of a freak out I only changed out the moisturizer and kept every thing steady so there is only one list and no break out between day and night this week. Next week there will be an expansion, but I wanted some smooth sailing first. Items like the makeup remover and overnight lip mask were used pretty much only in the evenings, but I still figured I’d stick with one list this week. So let’s get a look at the line up.

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Toner: Buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater toner

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Hey Honey Relax Propolis and Honey Soothing Moisturizer

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

Okay now that one product isn’t taking over, let’s take a look at what we have. First up is the Missha cleanser. It still feels a little strange to use something that looks like a green clay mask as a cleanser, but I can’t argue with the results. My skin is clean, and soothed by the cleanser. I learned this past summer that Artemisia calms my skin down really well after too much sun. Apparently it works well after a score of breakouts as well. I am loving this cleanser.

The link above will take you to the full Vike Product review. It is a good makeup remover although it took some getting used to the spray. it is a fine mist of a spray, it is just the act of spraying makeup remover into my face. I think it might be the word Melt in the name. It makes me think of the scene in Indiana Jones and the lost ark where the black hat bad guys face melts off. All that happened is it took of my makeup, but still. It did need a little help from my makeup eraser especially with the mascara, but it does a good job removing makeup.

Which left my toner pads relatively clean. I am currently using the Buttah rosewater toner. The big relief is that it doesn’t smell of in your face rose. I haven’t used it long enough to see any skincare benefits, but it seems to be an okay toner thus far. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and it appears to take off the last dregs of makeup. we’ll see how it performs moving forward, but thus far i have no complaints.

The 111Skin Essence I love and have been loving for a while now. I will continue using it until it is either empty or another essence pops up that I need to try out. Right now I like it and am very happy using it. It does make my entire line up feel fancier just by the high end spa scent too, which isn’t a bad thing.

I am beginning to think the Grace and Stella bottle is magic. It is a small bottle but it is emptying so slowly that it almost as though fairies come and renew it in the night. Only three drops are needed and you all know I love hyaluronic acid in my skincare. This is a fantastic serum and I will use every last drop in this bottle.

The Byroe Fig essence I am using on the fine lines around my mouth. One drop is enough so it will be around a while. It smells of figs and is a dry oil so it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. I think it is actually doing some nice things for the lines around my mouth, namely making sure there are fewer of them. I also tried this oil on my cuticles this week. The oild hydrates the cuticele beds well and leaves less of a greasy residue then most cuticle oils. For nw though I am going to keep it for my face.

The MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream feels really lovely on the skin. It is a thick cream and very little is used with each application. It is too soon to tell if it is helping the lines, but I am watching. I am also monitoring the clogged pores that sometimes follow in the wake of thick eye creams. There are a few but at the moment I am not sure if they are a moisturizer debacle hold over or the fauly of the eye cream. I will monitor them to find out.

To replace my moisturizer this week I went with the Hey Honey Relax moisturizer. It is soothing and I have never had a problem with Hey Honey. Some of their products I might have decided weren’t for me, but they never caused me issue. This is a sample size of the moisturizer and I am already wishing it was full sized. My skin feels soft and nourished without any heavy greasiness and the moisturizer smells like honey. Not in a heavy cloying way, but in a sweet and bright way. I am really enjoying this sample. I do have several samples of different Hey Honey Moisturizers and I may roll the next one in just to test it. I suspect I will purchase one of them in the near future i just want to see which one I actually prefer. I will say this Relax will be hard to beat. it is really nice and soothing as well as hydrating.

And finally the Laneige just keeps chugging along. It is a fantastic sleeping mask and I am happy to continue using it to give my lips overnight moisturizing.

And that is the list of products currently working in my skincare line up. it was a pretty good line up this week. The two stars belong to the Missha Cleanser and the Hey Honey Moisturizer, but there really weren’t any problem children this week, which is a very nice thing to say. I really needed a week of everything working as it should. And I do have to say a big thanks to the Herbal Dynamics Cacao and Chamomile Clearing mask I used after my skin freak out. It was one of the products that really helped set my skin back to clear.

The Skincare Lineup: February 18th, 2022

This week is going to be a little different. You’ll notice that for one thing, there is only one picture. There is no day time and night time line. This week my line up slimmed down. Part of that was I finished some products and started rolling new ones in. I added them slowly and then the moisturizer I added didn’t work for my skin. So a lot of the products I pared down even more as I tried to clear things up. But let’s list the products first.

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Toner: buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal Oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth

Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge 100H auto replenish Moisturizer

Exfoliator: Elemis Skin Buff

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Okay I’ll be honest, I may have a lot of products on the list for this week but once the moisturizer started going crazy I pretty much jettisoned everything except the cleanser, the exfoliator and the lip mask from my routine until things calmed down. The only thing I really recall about the new toner that I rolled in was that even though it is a rosewater toner it is not heavily rose scented.

The Time Revolution cleanser was fantastic. It dried without stripping and I will hopefully get a more thorough opinion of it as I move forward. The Elemis Skin Buff was gentle on the skin but helped treat the blemishes that rose to the surface. And the Laneige lip mask was as always fabulous.

Todays line up is really about the Clinique moisturizer. If you have really dry skin and no matter what moisturizer you use you never feel like it is enough, then this is the product for you. It is a moisturize bomb.

even at my driest, my skin is not dry enough to use this moisturizer. The first day of use, it was fine. The second day I noticed that it was taking a lot longer to absorb. The third day I cut the amount I was using down by half and it still took a long time to absorb. And then the next morning I awoke with breakouts like I haven’t seen on my face since high school.

And then i spent the rest of the week dealing with the break outs.

When it says moisture surge, it means exactly that. If your skin is not sand paper dry, this is probably not the moisturizer for you. It is certainly not the moisturizer for me. It disrupted my entire routine and as a result, I didn’t even use the other products in the line up once the moisture surge hit and caused a tsunami of break outs. things are getting back under control, but this week’s line up is really about Clinique.

Although it probably doesn’t need to be said, just for the record, I will not be purchasing a full size of this moisturizer. I will also be repurchasing the Elemis Skin Buff. It was an all star this week in helping to clear things away. The Time Revolution Pack Foam Cleanser was a huge help as well, but elemis was definitely the MVP.

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The Skincare Line Up: February 11th, 2022

That’s right my darlings it is time for my favorite post of the week. It’s the skincare line up where we look at the products in motion and how I feel they are performing. The good, the bad and the indifferent. Are you ready? Fabulous! Then let’s get to it.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

This is kind of a fun week as we have a lot of products on the way out. The first item is the Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser. Now many of you may think to yourself, wait a minute, that hasn’t actually been in the line up that long. And you are right, it hasn’t. the bottle is still a little over half way full. My babydoll loves grapefruit scented anything and has decided he really likes the scent of it, so it is being transferred from my morning routine to his. I am more than happy to pass it on (despite the fact that I love it) because he is very picky about what products he will even try so if he will use the cleanser I will give it to him and just purchase a new one. It is a great cleanser and I know it will return.

The Kopari toner is also a good item in terms of how it performs, but I have to admit, the scent is a bit trying. I decided the sample sized Buttah Skin toner that came in my Macy’s bag was the perfect excuse to take a little bit of a break from it. I will come back to it because it is a good toner and I hate to waste product, but a little break is not a bad thing. In fact this toner for me works best in short bursts. I generally am okay with it for a week or two before the scent gets to me. I figure if I use it for a week or two and then roll in a sample or even my Thayers toner to give myself a break I can use it up in the most enjoyable way possible.

The 111Skin Essence and Grace and Stella HA acid are still top notch and still going strong. I am about halfway through the Grace and Stella serum because so little is used. Very little of the essence is also used so that level is dropping slowly bit by bit. I will be keeping both in the line up this week to continue using. And I am very happy to keep using them in the line up.

The eye cream is almost empty as is the Polaar moisturizer. The eye cream has been discontinued but the Polaar is a moisturizer i can’t wait to use in the full size. I actually have a full size of the product waiting to be used, however I think I want to roll through a few more samples before I give it a try. I have a few more days of this sample left so I have a little time to think about it, but I really do like this moisturizer. The big reason I’m waiting is that when I try it I want to try it out as both a day and a night cream so I want to finish the night cream I am currently using before giving the Polaar a full trial. Plus I don’t mind clearing out a few sample sizes.

Those were more or less the highlights from the day time line up, shall we venture into the night?

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal Oil

Elemis as always is working fabulously. I absolutely love the scent of this lime Blossom Cleanser. Since I am rolling in a new cleanser this coming week, I may set this to the side for a bit. Partially I want to give the new cleanser a full trial, but mostly because if anything goes wrong with changing out so many products, i want to have this cleanser waiting on standby. It is gentle enough that I know any irritation caused by any other product won’t be exacerbated by this cleanser. I’m not anticipating any problems, but I like to err on the side of caution. Plus I’ll need to give the new cleanser a full trial.

The serumkind serum isn’t as annoying at night as it was in the morning. The trick to getting the serum into the dropper is to take the dropper out of the bottle completely, squeeze the rubber nub down as much as possible to get all the air out, then insert the dropper into the serum and let go of the top. This way the serum is pulled up. I know everyone knows how a dropper works, but if you try squeezing it while it is in the bottle all you will do is push air bubbles into the serum and not get any serum into the dropper. This is a trick I remember much more clearly in the evening than I do first thing in the morning. Hence the reduced irritation. I still can’t see much of an impact on my skin from the serum so my plan is to keep using it until my IPSY bag comes in. I added on a Korres Serum I have been itching to try. I’ll feel justified in jumping it to the front of the line if use up enough of this serum. At least that is the plan.

The Kate Somerville is still a good night time moisturizer. The longer I have it open, the more intense the scent of the cream becomes. I don’t need a whole lot of the cream so it has lasted a while. Some how it seems like the lemon scented cleaner scent of it is becoming stronger. I don’t know if I’m just becoming more sensitive to it or if it is actually intensifying. The scent fades pretty fast once the moisturizer is applied, but I can’t say the scent makes me love the cream. I like the way it feels on my skin, but I’m not so sure I’d purchase it again.

This week i do have one new product in my night time line up. It is the Byroe Fig Renewal oil. A friend of mine told me that she has been using face oil on the fine lines around her mouth and loved the results so I decided to give it a try. Partially because I have fine lines around my mouth that i don’t like and partially because I have quite the collection of unopened facial oils. It is one of those categories i don’t use very often, so if i can use t for this, I am happy to do so. This far this Byroe oil has been fast absorbing and not at all greasy. Plus it smells like figs, which I really like, the green part of figs not the sweet jammy part. I think the jammy scent would just make me feel sticky. This just smells and feels fresh and clean. I took before photos and I will give it a full run to see how it performs. I also have to say, I like the look of this sweet little pink bottle on my bathroom shelf. I know looks aren’t everything, but I do like the look of it.

And so my darlings that is the skincare line up for this week. I know, not a lot has changed since last week, but next week is going to have a lot of changes. So think of this as the calm before the storm. Not that i think there will be a storm. Or at least i hope there won’t be. There will however be several new products to check out. And won’t that be exciting?

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The Skin Care Line Up: December 23rd, 2021

I know, Some of you are looking at the title and suddenly wondering if you have lost a day. You have not. So take a deep breath and let it out slowly. it is only Thursday. However tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I will not be posting.

So I decided that i would go ahead and put the Skincare line up on Thursday instead. Because it is one of my favorite posts and i didn’t feel like skipping it. I hope you don’t mind.

So Shall we take a peek into the line up?

The Day Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Watermelon Glow Pore Tight Toner from Glow Recipe

Serum/Eye Serum: Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

Moisturizer: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil Free Moisturizer

I know, some of you are looking at the list and thinking, Wait, where is the Essence? Have no fear, it will return next week. Since it’s job is to make the other skincare more effective, I wanted to try a week without it to see how the products performed.

It didn’t affect the cleanser which goes on first. And I have to say the more I use the Elemis Cleanser the more I like it. it is very gentle on the skin and just makes my skin feel fabulously clean. I am a big fan and I know I am going to sound like a broken record by the time this cleanser is done. I apologize in advance. It is just a really good cleanser.

The toner, I am less enthused with than I was last week. I just don’t think this toner is for me. last week i thought it worked well but just had a scent I didn’t like. This week, without the essence, I think it worked less well and had a scent i didn’t like. It is an okay product, but not one of Glow Recipe’s best. At least in my book. They make several really nice products, this just isn’t on my list of ones to repurchase from the brand.

The Terravibe CBD Eye serum I actually really like. In fact the more I use it, the more I like it. Even though it is an eye serum, it can be used on the whole face , neck and upper chest. It is only once a day though so I have been using it as my day time serum. And while it hasn’t been used long enough to show results, my skin really likes it. I love the way it absorbs so quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft. It shows a great deal of promise.

Also showing a great deal of promise as a day cream is the Juice Beauty Moisturizer. It is light weight and absorbs well without being greasy. I was less fond of it at night, but i’ll get to that below in the night time line up. I’ve only been using it for a few days at this point so my thoughts are rather minimal. I’m sure I’ll have more to say as use continues.

So, are you ready for the night?

Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toner: Watermelon Glow Pore Tight Toner from Glow Recipe

Serum: SerumKind Purple Cabbage drop

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig renewal oil

Moisturizer: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil Free Moisturizer

Makeup Remover: Vitabrid Daily C Balancing Cleansing Balm

My opinion of the Elemis Cleanser and the Glow Recipe Toner were the same in the night time as they were in the day. Since the Terravibe was meant to be used only once a day, I finished up my Sunday Riley Vitamin C serum and decided that this Serumkind would work for night time use. Thus far I used it for the first time last night. It is thicker than I thought it would be. More viscus. when you drop it from your hand it takes a long time to let go of the end of the dropper. It also takes a little while to absorb into the skin. For me that isn’t a major issue as I am using it at night. I tend to take my time at night, where as i am often rushing through my routine in the morning. The scent is pleasant and fairly neutral. It smells clean but not like anything I can identify. I actually have nothing to compare it to. I’ll keep trying, but for now all I have is that it is a light , pleasant and swiftly fading scent. Hopefully as I use it more I will have more to report.

The Fig renewal oil I haven’t actually used yet. If you read my post earlier in the week, this arrived in this month’s Boxycharm. As I tried out the Juice Beauty Moisturizer I thought it needed a little something for night time use and since I hadn’t put away the items that came in the Boxy Charm the oil was out so I decided to rotate it in. The fact that I added oil to a line up to help out an oil free moisturizer is not lost on me. I am hoping that adding it in will help make this a day and night time moisturizer. we will see. If not then next week, I may have to just use the Juice Beauty in the day time and pull in a night time moisturizer.

Finally we have the Vitabrid C Cleansing balm. It was opened when I did battle against the silver eyeshadow that didn’t want to go away. It helped, and actually it is a nice cleansing balm. It hasn’t been tested against waterproof items and it was almost defeated by the silver shadow, but it took off everything else well and left my skin feeling soft.

I know, with a lot of new products coming in this week, there were a lot of first impressions to contend with. As I continue to use the products, my first impressions may change and I may like or dislike them. As for now, this is how I feel. Most everything is actually doing pretty good. I haven’t tried the fig Oil and I am just using up the toner, but everything else is working well for me. Or at least as well as can be expected on such short acquaintance. Only time will tell if they are worth using or buying again. I’ll keep you posted.

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